Client Case Studies

In order to help our prospective clients understand exactly how we bring value to nonprofit organizations looking for new board members, we have included a few client case studies and examples of actual results below. If your nonprofit organization faces similar challenges, we can help.

 

Client Case Study I

Our Client
A Philadelphia based national nonprofit that provides assistance to the homeless across eleven major metropolitan cities in the United States. Each chapter has an advisory board with a sole purpose of raising money. The Los Angeles chapter engaged Board Member Connect to recruit three board members who could donate or raise at least $7,200 per year and open doors to other funding opportunities.

What They Needed
The L.A. chapter wanted to break into the entertainment industry so prevalent in Southern California. None of their current board members had ties with high-level executives and they found it difficult to gain any traction on their own. They were also looking for a CEO or Chairman of a company who was the decision maker and possessed a deep network to tap into. Their final request was someone who had prior nonprofit board experience, but was also a higher-level executive within a larger company.

What We Accomplished For Them
Board Member Connect conducted a thorough assessment of the organization to intimately understand their mission, programs, vision and strategic direction as well as board needs, time commitment expected of board members, financial requirements, et al. Our staff then identified over 40 candidates who possessed the qualities our client requested, had an interest in serving on a nonprofit board and were attracted to the opportunity. The field was narrowed down to fifteen professionals and interviews were held with each. Of those, six were selected to move on and begin the organization’s board admission process.

The Result
Board Member Connect was able to place on their board an Executive Vice President from Universal Pictures, a Founder and CEO of two separate tech companies, and an executive from a large national company who had prior nonprofit board experience.

Follow up
After the first board meeting, one new member we placed handed the Executive Director a check for $5,000 because he was so taken with the organization and its programs. Another new board member we placed raised over $15,000 within four months of joining. Our results were so successful that two other chapters – Chicago and Austin engaged us and we were able to place three new executives on each of their boards.

 

Client Case Study II

Our Client
A Los Angeles based nonprofit that provides services to women, children and families in need of treatment for issues of addiction, domestic violence and mental illness. Their annual budget is $18MM and their board size was ten but three were terming off. They requested we recruit three board members who could give/get at least $5,000 per year and open doors to other funding opportunities.

What They Needed
Our client’s current board was not diverse, both in gender and ethnicity, and did not reflect those they were serving. They requested executives who were highly educated, seasoned in their careers and came from larger companies in Southern California.

What We Accomplished For Them
Board Member Connect conducted a thorough assessment of the organization to intimately understand their mission, programs, vision and strategic direction as well as board needs, time commitment expected of board members, financial requirements, et al. Our staff then identified over 30 candidates who possessed the qualities our client requested, had an interest in serving on a nonprofit board and were attracted to the opportunity. The field was narrowed down to twelve professionals and interviews were held with each. Of those, eight were selected to move on and begin the organization’s board admission process.

The Result
Board Member Connect was able to place on their board four new board members – the Head of Global Diversity for an international wealth management company; the Head of Global Brand Licensing for an entertainment company; and Vice President/General Counsel for a Venture Capital firm; and Senior Vice President of an international investment banking company.

Follow Up
Because of our success in finding high-level board members, the organization engaged us to find an additional five new members.

 

Client Case Study III

Our Client
A San Francisco based national nonprofit that provides literacy programs in 13 major metropolitan cities in the U.S with plans to add significantly more chapters within the next three years. The annual operating budget is $30MM and projects to grow by $7MM each year over the next few years. The executive leadership engaged Board Member Connect to recruit three national board members who could give/get at least $100,000 per year.

What They Needed
The makeup of the board leaned heavily towards academics as their knowledge was leveraged to help build the national curriculum to be used for each chapter across the country. They also had a number of foundation representatives who could access grants for the organization, but didn’t possess deep personal networks. The other major gap was that nearly every one of the national board members came from the Bay Area with little to no representation from each of their 13 chapters across the country.

The organization has plans to significantly grow over the next five years and needed professionals who had extensive experience with high-growth companies and had helped to successfully scale them. They also were looking for executives from a few key cities that were not represented on the national board.

What We Accomplished For Them
Board Member Connect conducted a thorough assessment of the organization to intimately understand their mission, programs, vision and strategic direction as well as board needs, time commitment expected of board members, financial requirements, travel expectations, et al. Our staff then identified 20 candidates who possessed the qualities our client requested, had an interest in serving on a nonprofit board, were geographically located in key cities and were attracted to the opportunity. The field was narrowed down to eight professionals and interviews were held with each. Of those, six were selected to move on and begin the organization’s board admission process.

The Result
Three of our board candidates were voted onto the board. Another two are currently going through the on-boarding process.

Follow Up
As a result of our success in finding high-level executives who agreed to the annual $100,000 give/get, the organization has asked for five total national board members, and plans to add as many as ten additional members in 2016. They have also asked for us to work with one of their local chapters to help find advisory board members with a give/get requirement of $5,000 per year.

 

For more information about any of Board Member Connect’s nonprofit board member search services described above, or to see more client case studies, please contact us here.

We used Board Member Connect and found an outstanding board member who quickly jumped in and has added diversity, energy and enthusiasm to our board. It’s someone we likely would not have met without their assistance.

Nancy Batterman, CEO
Employment and Community Options